Petite Riviere Vineyards Workplace Covid-19 Prevention Plan

Below is our COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures. These will be updated as federal and provincial policies evolve. This COVID prevention and practices plan will be provided on our social media, our website, and posted at the winery for review.

Please let us know if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Thank you,

The Petite Team

What to expect when you visit the Petite Riviere Vineyards!

As of October 4th, 2021, Nova Scotia is in Phase 5, and we will be following the Phase 5 guidelines for businesses under the current Nova Scotia COVID-19 protocols. ⁠

This means all customers and patrons visiting the winery, vineyard, or patio must wear their masks -- unless they are eating or drinking -- and must provide identification and proof of full vaccination upon arrival. ⁠

We appreciate your understanding during these ongoing changes. Thank you for your cooperation.


Petite Riviere Vineyards has a designated “greeter” to welcome, control customer traffic, check for full vaccination status, and provide specifics about tastings and the retail space 

  • This greeter is responsible for registering all guests (main contact), employees, couriers, and deliveries as per Public Health recommendations, if contact tracing becomes necessary. Information is considered private and confidential and will not be shared or used for any other purpose.
  • The greeter will ask for identification and proof of full vaccination status.
  • The greeter will also ask if the customer has been out of the province/country in the last 14 days and if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter the building.
  • Alcohol based hand rub will be available for all customers to use. Customers can use their own anti-bacterial hand rinse. 
  • The greeter directs customers to the outdoor seating where they are served welcome wine samplings. The greeter must be wearing a mask when serving customers. 




  • All tastings occur outside on the deck or in the tent when possible. If weather does not permit, tastings will occur at the harvest table. All other customers will use other sales rooms. 
  • Staff will serve your tasting in a single-use disposable glass once you are seated.
  • Customers must remain seated while doing a tasting and are encouraged to stay at their table, and not move around the winery building.
  • Customers are not permitted to walk around with their samples (unless contained within a tasting room with no other groups of customers).
  • Customers are limited to one welcome sample and one tasting OR a glass of wine.
  • Menus have been laminated and are disinfected between uses by our dedicated cleaner.
  • Tables and chairs are cleaned and disinfected between customers.


Retail Experience for Customers

  • As per the RESTATED ORDER #3 OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH UNDER SECTION 32 of the HEALTH PROTECTION ACT 2004, c. 4, s. 1. Dated October 1st 2021:
  • Effective 8:00a.m. October 4, 2021 . . . the restrictions on businesses, organizations, and professions apply to all established businesses, organizations, and professions carrying on business and operating in Nova Scotia.
  • All employees and customers must wear a non-surgical mask when indoors or outside.
  • Proof of full vaccination is required from each patron/participant before they engage in an activity or event.
  • Public Health order as modified from time to time at


One directional flow of traffic is noted on the floor. Customers enter through the Events Room doors and leave through Wine Shop doors. Floor markings are in place indicating two-metre separations where lines may occur (i.e. washrooms, reception desk, entrance, etc.) and arrows directing the flow of traffic.

  • Posted signage: 
    • hand hygiene best practices located in the winery washroom to remind all guests of proper hand washing techniques and request, and 
    • social distancing explained upon entry
    • signage indicating our maximum capacity of guests based on the current government regulations


Other changes Implemented

  • Petite Riviere Vineyards eliminated shared crackers, chocolates, nuts or any items in the tasting room or on the tasting bar that could be common touch points. Instead, we offer individual bags of chips or nuts for sale.
  • Petite Riviere Vineyards has debit/credit for sales; Cash also available. We encourage the use of tap where possible and receipts in the bag or box or emailed.
  • Petite Riviere Vineyards has developed an enhanced cleaning and disinfection plan. 
  • All waste bins/garbage receptacles are equipped with a lid and foot pedal and are lined with single use garbage bags.
  • Petite Riviére Vineyards requires advanced reservations for all vineyard tours.
  • Petite Riviere Vineyards is now using individual disposable containers versus freestanding spittoons, for those who request it. 
  • Petite Riviere Vineyards uses disposable tasting glassware.
  • Product mainly is kept in display cases, or stored merchandise behind the counter. Customers are asked not to touch items for sale and signage is visible to clients as a reminder to ask for help.


Enhanced cleaning and disinfection 

  • Laminated menus are wiped down and disinfected after each use. 
  • Touchless payment methods are in use and are disinfected after each use. 
  • Outdoor seating and tables must be cleaned and disinfected between groups.
  • Bathrooms are to be disinfected after each use (or after each group – if travelling together)